A criminal case on the fact of illegal recovery of the amur tiger brought to court

  • 01.12.2015
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A criminal case on the fact of illegal recovery of the amur tiger brought to court

The criminal case on charges of 31-year-old resident of Vladivostok in illegal possession and an attempt to sell the skins of the Amur tiger was brought to court. The Amur Tiger Center hopes that all guilty persons will be identified and a fair punishment imposed at the entrance of the judicial investigation.

According to the testimony of the accused resident of  Vladivostok, he acquired the skin of a tiger in 2007 and kept it at home, and in September 2015 decided to implement it in the city of Nakhodka. While trying to sell the skin of the Amur tiger, he was detained by officers of the Border Guard of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Primorsky Krai. As a result of the investigation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Primorsky Krai, evidence was gathered confirming his guilt.

According to the expertise conducted by the experts of the Amur Tiger Center, the skin belongs to the male Amur tiger over two years old.  In this case, the death of the animal came from hitting the canister in the neck.

The prosecutor approved the indictment, as a result of which the criminal case was sent to the court for consideration.

“Recently, law enforcement agencies not only uncover and record the facts of illegal actions against the Amur tiger, but also successfully investigate these criminal cases, bringing them to court.  And we are pleased with this fact.  The quality of the investigation and the extent to which the citizen is guilty will be shown by the course of the judicial investigation.  We hope that the court will objectively evaluate the evidence presented, and if the citizen is guilty, he will give him a fair verdict. I note that the killing of a tiger happened a long time ago, and this case did not affect the number of Amur tigers in 2015. Nevertheless, it is important to realize that under current legislation, the punishment for participating in the criminal business “on the blood” of tigers will sooner or later catch the guilty,” comments Sergey Aramilev, director of the Primorsky branch of the Amur Tiger Center.

According to the legislation of the Russian Federation, art. 258.1 of the Criminal Code provides for the illegal extraction, maintenance, acquisition, storage, transportation and sale of highly valuable wild animals belonging to the species listed in the Red Book, punishment of imprisonment for up to three years with a fine of up to one million rubles. 

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